Warmer days are here and new work with it!

If you know me, then you know that winter is tough on me. I am a June baby and self-described hot-house flower. I need warmth, sun and humidity to feel like myself. To combat the season, I've got my trusty space heater and my reference photography from better (read- hotter) days. I've just finished two paintings on that theme, they've brought me to March.

The first is a portrait of my daughter, Odessa, striking a thoughtful pose while on a trip to Mexico. We were fortunate enough to experience snorkeling in the cenotes there. It was so beautiful and such an amazing natural wonder. Our teens were transformed. In this scene, she has just emerged from the clear water, snorkel still in place, excitedly telling us of her adventure. I loved that she appears so modern yet is holding a classical contrapposto pose like a Greek statue. Knowing I could watch that vision of her forever, I was able to get some photographs. The clear blue and green water, the neon of her swimsuit and the blue of the mask all come together to sing of this special place. 

The second, is a "selfie" taken a few summers ago. It was taken at Lake Monroe, on a dazzling warm sunny day. We had just had a picnic, my husband was playing in the water with the kids and I was sunning on the sand with a book (yes, I am part reptile..so cold-blooded). While taking shots of my family, I turned the camera on myself and was so taken with the sun pouring through the holes in my straw hat and the little spots of light that were splayed over my face and body. With my over-size sunglasses on, that day I felt truly glamorous. It can be tough for a mom to reconnect with that part of herself; that goddess that never left but it just continually distracted and focused on her responsibilities. This image represents my happy place, a rare delicious moment of contentment, complete with warm, sandy toes.

These moments are literally and figuratively golden. If you have moments you'd like captured in paint and canvas, contact me at:  ellenstarrlyon@gmail.com  

 "Oratory From the Deep" oil on canvas 2018 40" x 30"

"Oratory From the Deep" oil on canvas 2018 40" x 30"

 "Sun-dappled" oil on canvas 2018 40" x 30"

"Sun-dappled" oil on canvas 2018 40" x 30"

 Michelangelo using contrapposto.

Michelangelo using contrapposto.

 Botticelli used it too!

Botticelli used it too!